2012 OSU Ecampus graduates

Carol Daffron – Mom's pursuit of a dream sets a family precedent

Carol DaffronB.S. in Environmental Sciences
Piggot, Ark.

What does earning your OSU degree mean to you?
I have had many trials in my life since leaving high school that have made it very difficult to finish my bachelor’s degree. Having my degree with allow me to pursue a career and provide a better life for my family.

Why did you choose to complete your degree online through OSU Extended Campus? What did you like about this method of education?
I chose OSU Ecampus because I needed the flexibility of online classes but I wanted a real degree from a highly reputable college. When I started at OSU, I was a single mother after leaving a bad marriage. My daughter was only 8 months old so it was critical that I had freedom to take classes around her schedule.

Did you have an instructor or advisor who was influential in helping you succeed as a distance student?
My advisor, Dawn Marie Gaid, has been critical in guiding me through the challenges that face a transfer student with a wide variety of previous courses. She helped ensure that I was able to receive credit for as many classes as possible. David Stemper was also a favorite teacher of mine. He made time to email us personally and was very understanding of the lives that most Ecampus students live.

What will your Ecampus degree allow you to do that you were unable to do before?
Finally having my degree with allow me to have a career instead of just a job. It will also allow me to give my family a more stable life and be a good role model for my daughter so that she will never give up on her dreams.

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